Some were surprised when Brown brought him back from Europe, but Gordo had no choice: he knew Bilderberg were getting ready to switch operations to the other party, so he had to convince them that there was still life in the New Labour. 'Talk to them Mandy, they'll listen to you,' he must have begged, 'I can still deliver.' What pleasure Mandelson must have derived from seeing his avowed foe grovelling before him.
So Gordon is now almost invisible. The King Rat is back and in full control.